FC Dallas V. New England Revolution: Match Preview

Justin ColeContributor ISeptember 10, 2011

FRISCO, TX - JUNE 04:  Marvin Chavez #18 of FC Dallas dribbles the ball against AJ Soares #5 of the New England Revolution at Pizza Hut Park on June 4, 2011 in Frisco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tonight FC Dallas heads to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution. The Hoops are looking to build on the momentum of their stoppage time victory against Sporting Kansas City, which saw them get the three points off a header from Bobby Warshaw following an incredible comeback from a 2-0 deficit. The win ended a three-match winless streak for Dallas

Ugo Ihemelu will be missing the match tonight following his yellow card in the match against Kansas City. Fabian Castillo will be out with a hip injury.

Dallas had the last week off in league play but were still active, winning the Rio Grande Plate rivalry against Tigres UANL on penalties after tying the series on aggregate with a 2-1 victory at Pizza Hut Park. In addition Brek Shea played for the full 90 minutes in matches for the United States Men's National Team against both Belgium and Costa Rica. Marvin Chavez represented Honduras in both of their friendly matches as well.

Dallas is currently in third-place in the Western Conference with 46 points.

New England will be looking to end their winless streak of seven games following a late equalizer against the Philadelphia Union, which saw the match end in a 4-4 draw. New England has suffered lately, with all of their last three draws being the result of giving up late equalizing goals. The team will certainly be looking to end their current skid against Dallas.

New England will be without the services of Stephen McCarthy and Sainley Nyassi due to injury. They are currently tied for eighth-place in the Eastern Conference with 24 points.

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New England has the advantage all-time against Dallas with a record of 22-11-3 against the Hoops. Dallas has not won at New England since 2003, but won against them earlier this year at Pizza Hut Park, following a goal from Marvin Chavez.

This will be Dallas' first league match with George John since his suspension and the rumors of his transfer to Blackburn Rovers. John wore the captain's armband against Tigres. Zach Loyd will also be returning, having not played for Dallas since their 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders because of injury.

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